Hancock Bulldogs vs Southwestern Jaguars SCFA American Championship Bowl

Hancock tight end Dominic Chance (20) fights for yards during the SCFA American Championship Bowl on Nov.18, 2017

Seven Hancock College football players earned spots on the 2017 Southern California Football Association (SCFA) Scholar-Athlete Team.

Linebacker Taupule Asotau, tight end Dominic Chance, wide receiver Nick Kimball, cornerback Lenny Roundtree, Jr., offensive lineman Lesone Smith, fullback Kevin Stark and safety Ben Willkomn qualified for the academic awards program.

To qualify, student-athletes had to meet three requirements: be an active member of a SCFA football team for two seasons; successfully complete a minimum of 36 units, 27 of which must have been in academic courses; and achieve a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.

All seven played key roles in 2017 for the Bulldogs, who finished 8-3 overall and won the program’s first outright conference title since 1997.

The seven student-athletes on this year’s list represent the largest number of Hancock players since 11 Bulldogs qualified for the 2012 SCFA Scholar-Athlete Team.

Dias dominates at body building qualifier

HAYWARD — Santa Maria’s Lindsey Dias is moving up in the world of competitive body building.

Dias competed at the National Physique Body Building Qualifier in Hayward over the weekend of Feb. 24 and finished first in the Novice division, first in the Open division and second overall for the entire event.

Her performance qualifies Dias for a move on to national level competition.

Dias plans to enter at least two National Physique Committee competitions with the first of those being held in June.

Dias, a mother of two, trains with Santa Maria Gym (Custom Workouts) Owner and Professional Trainer Marc Gatson.

Righetti water polo spring program

Righetti High School is hosting a youth water polo program in the spring.

The program begins April 9 and will wrap up in June or July.

Competitions will be held Monday and Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 8:30.

All participants must be USA Water Polo members. Go to usawaterpolo.org and enroll in a bronze membership as a member of Orcutt Polo Association/One Way (Club No. 048). Membership is required for insurance purposes.

The program is for athletes aged 8 to 14 and no water polo experience is needed, though participants should be comfortable swimming in deep water.

Contact Kyle Shaffer at kshaffer@righetti.us or 478-0636 for more information. The program will be led by Shaffer, Chris Yee, Kelly Porter and Righetti High water polo alumni.

Kiwanis All-Star Basketball

The 28th annual Kiwanis Central Coast All-Star Basketball Spectacular will be held on Saturday, April 1, at Hancock College’s Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

The Spectacular, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Maria Valley, matches the best senior boys and girls from Northern Santa Barbara County against the top seniors from San Luis Obispo County.

The girls’ game tips off at 5 p.m.

The boys’ game follows at 7 p.m.

There will also be 3-point shooting contests for both girls and boys and a boys slam dunk contest as part of the event.

Righetti High’s Desiree Hitch will coach the northern Santa Barbara girls team with Morro Bay’s Tyler Fechner coaching the SLO County stars.

Santa Ynez High’s Mike Alexander will coach the Santa Barbara boys team while Nipomo’s Kevin Hitchen will coach the SLO County boys.

There will be a snack bar hosted by AHC Athletics.

General admission is $8 with student and child admission $4.

All proceeds from the Spectacular are dedicated to a special fund that covers expenses

for Good Samaritan Shelter children to participate in sports programs and to scholarships for local high school seniors.            

For further information, contact Gary Prober at 264-1523 or send an email to gprober@yahoo.com.

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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